New Solutions for House Museums Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses

ISBN-10: 0759110875
ISBN-13: 9780759110878
Edition: 2007
Authors: Donna Ann Harris
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Description: A generational shift is occurring at historic house museums as board members and volunteers retire and few young people are taking their place. These landmarks are also plagued by serious deferred maintenance and few have any endowment whatsoever.  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 4/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

A generational shift is occurring at historic house museums as board members and volunteers retire and few young people are taking their place. These landmarks are also plagued by serious deferred maintenance and few have any endowment whatsoever. What will happen to these sites in the next ten years? Harris provides a decision-making methodology as well as a dozen case studies of house museums that have made a successful transition to a new owner or user to assure the continuing preservation of the landmark for generations to come.

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Assessment and Decision Making
Current Trends in Historic House Museums
Is This Your House Museum?
Legal and Ethical Issues
The Decision-Making Process
Making the Transition
Solutions and Case Studies
Eight Solutions Explained
Case Study: Study Houses
Historic New England
Case Study: Reprogram for Mission-Based Use
Nantucket Historical Association
Case Studies: Co-Stewardship Agreements
Historic Adams House
Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
Case Studies: Asset Transfer and Merger
Margaret Mitchell House and Museum and the Atlanta History Center
Cliveden of the National Trust and Historic Upsala Foundation
Case Study: Long-term Leases
Hazelwood of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Case Studies: Short-term Leases
Heritage Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services
Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust
Case Studies: Sale to a Private Owner with Easements
Elfreth's Alley Association
Robert E. Lee Boyhood Home
Case Studies: Sale to a Nonprofit Stewardship Organization
Casa Amesti Foundation
Heurich House Foundation
Case Study: Donation to a Governmental Entity
Adel Historical Society
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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